"When Pride, the Lion's Gate film starring Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac, opens in Philadelphia this Friday, it'll join the ranks of this city's inspirational big-screen sports stories, and it'll surely clean up at the multiplex." But the film was not shot in the City of Brotherly Love and, for the Philadelphia Weekly, Cassidy Hartmann looks into the reasons why: "[T]he reason Pride producers chose Katrina-ravaged Louisiana over Philadelphia has little to do with Philly's development and lots to do with money. For a number of local industry professionals, that's cause for concern."
"Despite the constant interjection of helicopter shots swooping around Billy Penn's hat, that vintage SEPTA bus travels some pretty unfamiliar routes, unless someone can point me toward where all those plantation houses and willow trees are on the Main Line," grumbles Shaun Brady in the Philadelphia City Paper. At any rate, "Howard holds the reins of the whole production, setting the pace with his deliberate timing. He's said that the one thing he most wanted to replicate from the actual Jim Ellis was the man's composure; whether that's what he does is irrelevant, but he does capture a man choking back his anger, recriminating himself for the times when it erupts." JF Pirro talks with that actual Jim Ellis, still a swimming coach.
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